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Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 153

by alvieboy (#49500085) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

Or eventually not.

In case of Microsoft, since Microsoft is an US company, they can indeed force them to deliver data stored outside US.

However, if "Twitter International Company" has no legal status in US, they cannot do it.
I will assume Twitter, Inc., is a shareholder of "Twitter International Company", and that there is no other legal binding between both companies.

If this is not true, then I agree with you, it's useless....

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 626

Why ?

English just works.

There's no such thing as an Universal Language. That language would not be able to capture the people's culture and beliefs. English, however, has been able to, and despite all variants, be understood worldwide. Same does not happen with Spanish, Portuguese, Slavic languages, and Chinese.

If it ain't broken, why fix it (or replace it) ?

Comment: Re:False premise (Score 1) 546

by alvieboy (#47820543) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

I don't have any degree. Plus, I doubt if any one with a degree and even 5y experience can perform my job as I do.

You are mistaken, heavily mistaken.

Additionally, if your HR team, for an IT job, assume they actually know how to evaluate their candidates, get a new HR team. Technical evaluation is for technical people.

Signed: Mr. Exception.

Comment: Re:Jobs aren't future proof, skills are (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by alvieboy (#47459761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I'd go even further and say: Teach her to learn, and she will adapt herself to every job on the Galaxy.

But if eventually this if not feasible get her to focus on whatever she likes to do. Like Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

We'll deal with the machines for her.

Alvie.

+ - FPGA for Makers: The Dream of Drag and Drop Circuits-> 12

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: FPGA's are great, but learning VHDL/Verilog can be a daunting task! This new Kickstarter project has a unique new idea so simple that it just might put FPGA's into the hands of Makers everywhere. It's as simple as pairing an FPGA with an Arduino and creating software that lets Makers draw circuits. Instead of learning a new programming language Makers can draw circuits right away using open source building blocks such as stepper controllers, audio chips, video chips, and even a bitcoin miner. Circuits are loaded to the FPGA and then controlled by the Arduino. It's a very simple arrangement with mind boggling possibilities — everything from bitcoin mining, embedded vision, robotics, to reconfigurable System on Chip designs.
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Comment: Re:Ditching strong partners -- smart move! (Score 3, Insightful) 172

by alvieboy (#42453073) Attached to: TSMC Preparing To Manufacturer A6X Chip As Apple Looks to Ditch Samsung

I recall reading that, despite being the "same chip", actual layout is Samsung, so switching to another HW process will require them to at least redo the placement of all the core components (read, transistors and so on), and rewrite some others.

Note that not only the ARM core needs replacement (I think ARM does not sell the full implementation design, but only the high-level design), but all other components that are inside the SoC are probably Samsung IP or licensed to it (both design and implementation, although some might come from other IP vendors, like Synopsys), so they need to replace those as well.

This will require a lot of QA effort, and is very risky.

Comment: WAV ? (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by alvieboy (#41722791) Attached to: New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

"It can even play back WAV files without any help."

Well, ZPUino does this for a long time (14.4KHz, stereo, and more), and it's also opensource (actually, BSD for hardware, and GPLv2/v3 for software). Runs at 96MHz, and it's fully customizable (even the chip is customizable: see SoundPuddle for example, or the Rectrocade synth).

What Arduino users were actually expecting (well, I was), was a proper IDE. I don't think writing proper applications for the Due platform with current Processing IDE is feasible. So far everyone has been quiet about this (there were rumours other IDE would be on the forge).

But the price tag is indeed attractive.

Alvie

Linux

+ - Linux From Scratch 7.1 published-> 1

Submitted by Thinkcloud
Thinkcloud writes: The Linux From Scratch (LFS) project has published version 7.1 of its manual for building a custom Linux installation. The new release of the step-by-step instructions is 345 pages long and uses more up-to-date components than previous versions – for example, the 3.2.6 Linux kernel and version 4.6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). The update also includes fixes to bootscripts and corrections to the text, as well as updates to 20 packages.
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Comment: I don't get it (Score 1) 647

by alvieboy (#38549478) Attached to: Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License

What is the rationale behind $1,370,590.00 ?

I don't have the time or patience to read all the legal gibberish, wondering if someone can elude me if:

a) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, and distributed it,
b) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, used it, and also distributed it,
c) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, and allowed others to retrieve it [and eventually used it]

Is "to make available" the same as "to distribute" ?

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra

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